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Electrical Problem 2002 Harley Davidson Roadking police mdl

I'm having an electrical problem with the subject harley. Last year on a ride the bike ran fine until suddenly it stopped as if I turned off the key.No electrical working. After sitting for 2 or 3 minutes I turned on the switch and it started right up. Rode a few more miles and a repeat of this event. At home I checked the battery conections which seemed okay, but I loosened them and tightend them again to be sure. I only rode the bike once or twice with no problems until this year. First trip this year, no problems. Today 10 miles to my brother's house no problem. On the return trip, it shut down again. Then after trying the switch several times, everything lit up and it started up again. 5 miles later a repeat of this scenario. After sitting for a few minutes or so the electric comes back on line and the bike starts. With an intermittent problem like this I don't want to take it to the dealer because it can run fine for miles, and the problem rectifies itself quickly. I'd rather try to trouble shoot it myself if you have some ideas to try when it occurs or things to check before I head out on a ride.
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  • mothermary68 Jul 23, 2008

    I have an 03 electra glide that looses all electical power at different times and during different riding conditions. After 30 seconds to a minute later the main breaker resets and I can start the bike again.I was told the system relay was bad and replaced it but I still have the same problem. Do you have any outher suggestions?

  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    I HAVE A 1980 SPORTSER WHEN I RUN IT 30 MIN OR MORE IT WONT RESTART TILL NEXT DAY.bATTERY IS NEW,SOLENOID NEW,STARTER ALSO AND SPARK PLUG CABLES NEW AND COIL. PLEASE ADVISE....HELP...

  • doctimh Aug 07, 2008

    1986 sportster with intermitant loss of electical.-- the problems seems to be happening more often and always restarts after 30sec to 2 min. I thought it was heat related but this am it was 80 and happened 4 times. also recently blinkers and neutal lite are intermitant. the neutral lite bet brighter when revs are increased.

  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    I have a 03 anniversary ultra,This problem first happened last summer in traffic.I was told of a factory recall for a faulty main breaker,I called the dealer and had it changed under warranty.My wife and I have just returned from a vacation in 98 degree weather,we had the same problem three times and only at low speed in traffic.It always restarted and ran crappy for a while.I pulled into Skagit Harley and they were kind enough to put another breaker in for me while I waited.Can this breaker be relocated into a cooler area on the Bike?.

    Ron M

  • 1harleyenuf Aug 13, 2008

    I have same problem with a 2002 Ultra. I replaced the main breaker and have had the same issues.

    Any suggestions?

  • COMVETNET May 11, 2009

    '03 ELECTRA GLIDE STANDARD: ELECTRIC SYSTEM SHUT DOWN WHILE RIDING. WILL RESTART AFTER ABOUT 10 MINUTES. DANGEEROUS IN TRAFFIC.

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Your gonna need a voltmeter and a multimeter to trouble shoot this. Invest in a service manual. They have extensive troubleshooting guide

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    Just had a thought.

    Check the bank angle sesor

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I had the same problem with my 2003 ultra, after reading this technical support, I did some checking, and my local Harley dealer said that the old main circuit breaker needs to be changed from a 40amp breaker to a 50amp breaker. I was told that there was a factory recall, and at fisrt the breaker was changed with another 40amp breaker. it was then found out that it needed to be a 50amp breaker. I bought and installed my own breaker for around $8, but I was told they would change it for me for free, if I brought the bike in! Due to time restrictions, I chose to do it myself. So far so good. Hope it works for everyone!!!

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I HAVE A 2003 ROAD KING CLASSIC. THE SPEED-O WILL PEG OUT TO 120 MPH AFTER A FEW MILES. SOMETIMES IT WILL RESET IT'S SELF ON THE ROAD. WHEN THIS HAPPENS THE ODOMITER STOPS WORKING ALONG WITH THE AUTO CNX TURN SIGNALS, AND IT WILL DIE AT AN IDOL. IF I TURN THE BIKE OFF , WAIT FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES THEN TURN IT ON IT RESETS. PLEASE HELP RON IN OKC

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